Chapel Hill, NC

Census Place

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2022 Population
58,919
3.28% 1-year decline
US Senator
Thom Tillis
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Budd
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
25.6
2.4% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
18.6%
5.48% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$85,940
11.6% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$537,100
18.2% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
28,240
0.141% 1-year decline

About

In 2022, Chapel Hill, NC had a population of 58.9k people with a median age of 25.6 and a median household income of $85,940. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Chapel Hill, NC declined from 60,920 to 58,919, a −3.28% decrease and its median household income grew from $77,037 to $85,940, a 11.6% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chapel Hill, NC are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.7%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (13.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (10.3%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.97%), and White (Hispanic) (3.33%).

None of the households in Chapel Hill, NC reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

91.8% of the residents in Chapel Hill, NC are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Chapel Hill, NC are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9,997 degrees awarded in 2022) and Aveda Institute-Chapel Hill (173 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Chapel Hill, NC was $537,100, and the homeownership rate was 50%.

Most people in Chapel Hill, NC drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Chapel Hill, NC was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Chapel Hill, NC is home to a population of 58.9k people, from which 91.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 15.9% of Chapel Hill, NC residents were born outside of the country (9.37k people).

In 2022, there were 4.83 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (38.1k people) in Chapel Hill, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.89k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 6.08k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

91.8%
2022 Citizenship
91.9%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 91.8% of Chapel Hill, NC residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Chapel Hill, NC was 91.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chapel Hill, NC
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    38.1k ± 857
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
    7.89k ± 504
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    6.08k ± 838
6.77%
Hispanic Population
3.99k people

In 2022, there were 4.83 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (38.1k people) in Chapel Hill, NC than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.89k Asian (Non-Hispanic) and 6.08k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.77% of the people in Chapel Hill, NC are hispanic (3.99k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    214,508 ± 11,254 people
  2. India
    79,868 ± 6,912 people
  3. Honduras
    39,759 ± 4,886 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of North Carolina was Mexico, the natal country of 214,508 North Carolina residents, followed by India with 79,868 and Honduras with 39,759.

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Foreign-Born Population

15.9%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
9.37k people
15.8%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
9.65k people

As of 2022, 15.9% of Chapel Hill, NC residents (9.37k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chapel Hill, NC was 15.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    462 ± 126
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    426 ± 160
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    265 ± 144

Chapel Hill, NC has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.08 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Chapel Hill, NC employs 28.2k people. The largest industries in Chapel Hill, NC are Educational Services (7,477 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,276 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,029 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($108,443), Manufacturing ($94,483), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($89,531).

Males in North Carolina have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,464. The income inequality in North Carolina (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

28.2k
2022 Value
± 1,370
−0.141%
1 Year decline
± 6.71%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Chapel Hill, NC declined at a rate of −0.141%, from 28.3k employees to 28.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chapel Hill, NC, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (4,208 people), Management Occupations (3,181 people), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (2,248 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chapel Hill, NC.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

28.2k
2022 Value
± 1,370
−0.141%
1 Year decline
± 6.71%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Chapel Hill, NC declined at a rate of −0.141%, from 28.3k employees to 28.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chapel Hill, NC, are Educational Services (7,477 people), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (4,276 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (4,029 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chapel Hill, NC, though some of these residents may live in Chapel Hill, NC and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$47,781
Median earning men ± $4,147
$32,042
Median earning women ± $4,308

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Manufacturing ($129,773), Public Administration ($108,864), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($77,250).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($97,266), Wholesale Trade ($95,078), and Manufacturing ($75,488).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.04%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.86M people employed in North Carolina. This represents a 3.04% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in North Carolina.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in North Carolina went to Donald J. Trump with 49.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (48.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.881%).

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing the state of North Carolina. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from North Carolina

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Thom Tillis
Senator from North Carolina2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015
Ted Budd
Senator from North Carolina3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Thom Tillis and Ted Budd are the senators currently representing North Carolina.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from North Carolina

North Carolina is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for North Carolina have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Chapel Hill, NC awarded 10,170 degrees. The student population of Chapel Hill, NC in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 12,599 male students and 19,314 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Chapel Hill, NC are White (6,015 and 62.9%), followed by Asian (1,100 and 11.5%), Hispanic or Latino (825 and 8.62%), and Black or African American (778 and 8.13%).

The largest universities in Chapel Hill, NC by number of degrees awarded are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (9,997 and 98.3%) and Aveda Institute-Chapel Hill (173 and 1.7%).

The most popular majors in Chapel Hill, NC are Management Science (744 and 7.32%), General Biological Sciences (569 and 5.59%), and Behavioral Sciences (538 and 5.29%).

The median tuition cost in Chapel Hill, NC for a public four year colleges is $7,019 for in-state students and $35,580 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Chapel Hill, NC, the percentage of applicants admitted was 17.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 46%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 31,913 (39.5% men and 60.5% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 31,913 students enrolled in Chapel Hill, NC, 39.5% men and 60.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 17,693 records, of which 60% were women and 40% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 490 degrees awarded
  2. 432 degrees awarded
  3. 558 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Chapel Hill, NC was Behavioral Sciences with 490 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Chapel Hill, NC according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 9,997 degrees awarded
  2. 173 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 9,997 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 3,988 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Chapel Hill, NC, which is 0.645 times less than the 6,182 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 6,015 degrees mean that there were 5.47 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Asian, with 1,100 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($7,019) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,970) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,002) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.944% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.805% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.16M), Some college (1.84M), and Bachelors Degree (1.63M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chapel Hill, NC was $537,100 in 2022, which is 1.91 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $454,300 to $537,100, a 18.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Chapel Hill, NC is 50%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Chapel Hill, NC have an average commute time of 19.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Chapel Hill, NC is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Chapel Hill, NC is $85,940. In 2022, the place with the highest median household income in Chapel Hill, NC was Census Tract 122.01 with a value of $180,341, followed by Census Tract 107.06 and Census Tract 115, with respective values of $153,092 and $138,224.

Property

$537,100
Median Property Value 2022
±$23,397
$9,979
Median Property Taxes
±$605

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chapel Hill, NC the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

50%
Homeownership
2022
65.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 50% of the housing units in Chapel Hill, NC were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 49.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 122.01
  2. Census Tract 107.06
  3. Census Tract 115

In 2022, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Chapel Hill, NC was Census Tract 122.01 with a value of $180,341, followed by Census Tract 107.06 and Census Tract 115, with respective values of $153,092 and $138,224.

The following map shows all of the places in Chapel Hill, NC colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$85,940
Median Household Income
± $5,889
20k
Number of Households
± 963

In 2022, the median household income of the 20k households in Chapel Hill, NC grew to $85,940 from the previous year's value of $77,037.

The following chart displays the households in Chapel Hill, NC distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chapel Hill, NC is from North Carolina.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in North Carolina
0.47
2021 Wage GINI in North Carolina

In 2022, the income inequality in North Carolina was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0732% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for North Carolina was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in North Carolina in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (49.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (24.9%)
  3. Carpooled (9.08%)

In 2022, 49.2% of workers in Chapel Hill, NC drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (24.9%) and those who carpooled to work (9.08%).

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Commute Time

19.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chapel Hill, NC have a shorter commute time (19.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.04% of the workforce in Chapel Hill, NC have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chapel Hill, NC distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chapel Hill, NC have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

18.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chapel Hill, NC (8.95k out of 48.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chapel Hill, NC is White, followed by Black and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

94.8% of the population of Chapel Hill, NC has health coverage, with 64.6% on employee plans, 5.38% on Medicaid, 8.63% on Medicare, 15.8% on non-group plans, and 0.393% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Orange County, NC see 532 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.188% decrease from the previous year (533 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 442 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 141 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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532 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Orange County, NC

Primary care physicians in Orange County, NC see an average of 532 patients per year. This represents a 0.188% decrease from the previous year (533 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Orange County, NC in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 20.5% under 18 years, 40.5% between 18 and 34 years, 27.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 11.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 46.6% were men and 53.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

5.17%
Uninsured
64.6%
Employer Coverage
5.38%
Medicaid
8.63%
Medicare
15.8%
Non-Group
0.393%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chapel Hill, NC grew by 24.7% from 4.15% to 5.17%.

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